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guard

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a person or group that watches over someone or something
  • checked in with the security guard at the gate

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2 a position of readiness to oppose actual or expected attack
  • be on your guard against snakes in the swamp

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3 a protective device (as on a weapon) to prevent accidental operation
  • slid the guard into place over the chainsaw chain

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4 means or method of defending
  • the boxer's sparring partner managed to get a blow in under his left guard

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5 one that accompanies another for protection, guidance, or as a courtesy
  • the honor guards raised their sabers as the happy couple descended the church steps

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6 someone that protects
  • a battalion of burly guards surrounding the celebrity

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guard

verb

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1 to drive danger or attack away from
  • guard the quarterback so he doesn't get sacked

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2 to disallow entry into (a place) by means of a physical barrier at the entry point
  • a fire-breathing dragon guarded the entrance to the castle

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Verb

defend, protect, shield, guard, safeguard mean to keep secure from danger or against attack. defend denotes warding off actual or threatened attack. defend the country protect implies the use of something (such as a covering) as a bar to the admission or impact of what may attack or injure. a hard hat to protect your head shield suggests protective intervention in imminent danger or actual attack. shielded her eyes from the sun with her hand guard implies protecting with vigilance and force against expected danger. White House entrances are well guarded safeguard implies taking precautionary protective measures against merely possible danger. our civil liberties must be safeguarded

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The first known use of guard was in the 15th century

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“Guard.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/off%20guard. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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